1. Foliation and Quires


Much of the CCL programming depends upon the record of the foliation, so it is critical that this element of transcription be clear to encoders. For new transcriptions, please place foliation within square brackets, and, as is conventional, indicate the precise location of a page change: within a word, within a sentence, etc. We are programming the search engine to read across notations such as "provid[f. 138v]endum". If the transcription is of an early modern printed text that has printed pagination, please use "p." to indicate page number. For all manuscripts or other materials with unmarked pagination, please use "f." and the number as you have counted it from the first surviving leaf, in the order of its current binding, and "r" and "v" for recto and verso. As most Carolingian manuscripts are in long lines, we have not developed encoding for columns. Should the need for column notation arise, please contact us, and we shall add "ra" and "rb" to our encoding schema as needed.

When a manuscript has vestiges of earlier foliation or pagination, or occasional foliation or pagination inscribed, please add such information in parentheses after the numeration using the protocol above: e.g., [f. 138r (no.140)], [f. 140r (no. 140bis)], [f. 141r], [f. 142r (no.142)], using the parentheses to enclose the visible numeration, even if it is incorrect or no longer valid.

It is, of course, most desirable that whenever possible, transcribers record whether a text begins at the top of a folio of a new quire, or in mid-folio, or in mid-quire, and whether it ends on the last leaf of a quire. Please convey this information, if it can be determined (we recognise that even high-quality digital images do not always permit the transcriber to discern quire structure), in the Codicological Questionnaire that should accompany each submitted transcription. The information in the questionnaire will be linked to the manuscript shelfmark in the list of shelfmarks.

We are not encoding quire signatures, but we do encourage transcribers to place a comment in the transcription, which we shall then encode as an editorial comment for display. It is easiest to give us this information in a footnote.